Four Judges win at season-opener at UMass Boston Invite

Kyra Shreeve '18 (photo by
Kyra Shreeve '18 (photo by

BOSTON, Mass. – The Brandeis University indoor track and field teams had four winners today as the Judges opened the season at the UMass Boston Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The event of the day for the Judges was the mile run, which saw Brandeis runners take the top two spots in both the men's and women's race. 

On the women's side, Brandeis had three of the top six finishers, with sophomore Kyra Shreeve (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional) winning the mile with a time of 5:13.59. Shreeve placed nearly three seconds faster than junior teammateAshley Piccirillo-Horan (No. Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial), who finished in 5:16.39. Senior Maggie Hensel (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) took sixth place with a time of 5:30.54.

The Brandeis women had two other winners, both rookies. Doyin Ogundiran (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) took the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.75, about half a second ahead of a runner from Division I Holy Cross. In the 3,000-meter run,Julia Bryson (Quincy, Mass./No. Quincy) picked up where her sister left off from cross country, winning by more than 15 seconds over a runner from Bentley with a time of 10:54.90.

For the men in the mile, sophomore Roger LaCroix (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) had a strong start and held off senior teammate Grady Ward (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) by three-tenths of a second. LaCroix finished in 4:27.69, while Ward ran 4:27.99. Sophomore Max Whitmore (Wayne, N.J. / Newark Academy) also placed fifth with a time of 4:34.24.

On the men's side, the next-highest finish came in the 800 meters, where junior Matt Becker (Mendon, Mass./Nipmuck Regional) came in fifth with a time of 2:01.81. Former basketball team member Evan Scott (North Kingstown, R.I. / North Kingstown) placed seventh in the high jump with a height of 1.85 meters (6 feet, 0.75 inches) in his first collegiate meet.